Dienstag, September 12, 2006


In the Beginning I was here.

Long before the White man and his diseases, his religions and his war-like ways.

I lived upon the land for countless moons, in harmony with the Great Spirit, honoring all life around me.

In this land called Kan-tu-kee, the great meadow, the dark and bloody ground, I was known as Shawnee.

I was also known by other names … Cherokee, Chickasaw, Iroquois, Lanapota, Creek …

I am Native American … the indigenous tribes of this land, the American Indian.


Blogger RIC said...

Yeah, yeah, Hans! Bingo!
According to some figures scientifically (?) «uncovred», they were 5 million in Northern America inthe beginning of the 17.th century, when the mighty whites, rulers of the world (Portuguese included, of course) arrived...
Shall I say more?
Ich grüsse Dich!

12:46 vorm.  
Blogger castor said...

to Ric:
There has been more than 5 millions of them. That was the first great genocide of the "modern times", it's a shame!

"The destruction of the Indians of the Americas was, far and away, the most massive act of genocide in the history of the world." David E. Stannard

"By conservative estimates, the population of the United states prior to European contact was greater than 12 million. Four centuries later, the count was reduced by 95% to 237 thousand.

(Leah Trabich,
Cold Spring Harbor High School
New York, USA)

10:31 vorm.  
Blogger RIC said...

Oh My God!...
I'm speechless...

6:13 nachm.  
Blogger castor said...

to Ric:
So am I !!!

6:33 nachm.  
Blogger Trudging said...


1:38 vorm.  
Blogger castor said...

to Trudging:
It's indeed!

8:39 vorm.  
Blogger Cocaine Jesus said...

what an amazing race of people american indians are. so much of what they have had to say is so relevant today. they were not as peace like as they make out though but still i hold them in high respect.

8:49 vorm.  
Blogger castor said...

to Cocaine Jesus:
In one of his first entries in his journal, Columbus said that the people were so generous you had to see it to believe it. He also said that with 50 men and his weapons, he could enslave the entire population and they could be made to perform his will.
So his "claims" included making the Natives subjects of the Spanish crown. He "took" some of the Native people aboard his ships so they could show him where the GOLD COULD BE FOUND ...
So it doesn't astonish that the natives became suspicious soon of the White people and ...

10:59 vorm.  
Blogger Prmod Bafna said...

They are truly an amazing race of visionaries i particularly find them very interesting owing to all their secret rituals and practices. It is sad they were overpowered by the advent of the whiteman. I guess it is their isolation finally that keeps the race still going.

4:46 nachm.  
Blogger The Persian said...

My grandmother is a direct descendant of a woman named Catherine Annenontak, she was Iriqois from what was then New France and is now the Canadian Province of Quebec, she lived in the early 1600's. She was baptised into the catholic church by missionaries and married twice to two French immigrants, one Rivard, one Couturier. Her father (listed on her marriage record from the church) was a chief of some sort. I always found her story fascinating, it's just too bad that this is my Paternal adopted grandmother and I don't have Catherine's blood in my veins.

Many many American's claim a native ancestry, unfortunately perhaps 10% of the claims hold water. For some unexplainable reason it became fashionable in the late 1800's to claim this heritage, and after over a hundred years of family folklore it is no wonder people will not let go of the family myth, even when presented with solid proof.

Great post :)

6:25 nachm.  
Blogger cduc said...

To The Persian: Hello Cousin! Just wanted to clarify that Catherine Annenontak was a Huron Princess. Her father Nicolas Arendanki was the chief of the Bear Clan who was most likely killed during an attack by the Iroquois. Her mother was Jeanne Orti-jo-Andet. She married Jean Durand. You can find the complete story at http://archiver.rootsweb.com/th/read/DURAND/2002-07/1027221225 Nice to meet you. Carrie in Canada

10:00 nachm.  
Blogger Binky said...

she hid during the slaughter in which her father was killed and was one of only four to survive, or so my grandmother tells! im a descendant too! Chief Nicolas was a martyr for the Church

4:00 nachm.  

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